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Old 05-13-2013, 04:17 AM   #458
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Location: Bendigonia, Vic.
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so the next morning.... yep , cold again..!

mmmm, icey..

i wasnt keen to sit on that... and the tent fly was soaking wet too...

so out with the clothes-line while i packed and had breakfast..

eventaully seat was dry enough, so i was Off-again..

reminded about some peoples 'spiritual connection' to the land..

and pulled up by 5 or 6 funky camels out for a morning stroll....


and then i hit 11 (or was it 21?) kms of bitumen....

seems the west australian government is pushing for the whole road to be made...

i supose that would mean they could come out and get stuff that had broken down....rather than just setting it on fire...

getting there!

the road had plenty of good moments..

and then plenty of sandy moments..

another fuel stop... this was at Tjukayirla Roadhouse..

was overdue for a hot shower...asked about prices to camp there... forget the answer, but i moved on...

only went another 20-odd kms... rolled out into the scrub and set camp again..

another fire, another cold night, and another early night..

next morning sure was fresh!

but any threat of rain had buggered off... next stop was this lookout..

then onward on that big red road towards 'Cosmo Newberry'..

hey a tree... thats a bit exciting!

Cosmo Newberry was a few kms off the rd, i headed in, got stopped by a fella in his car with his 'girlfriend', bonnet up,

'hey bruda, we broken down, u got some spare fuel...?'

a bit of banter, and me wondering how some fuel would fix a breakdown, and some excuses that i had no fuel,
thats why i was coming in here, saw me on my way..

'ok budda, but bring back some fuel'..

anyway, the servo wasnt open (didnt look like it would be again either....)

had a chat to a car full of locals that was parked there...

yep, no fuel..

asked if theyd seen a couple of blue and grey bikes come thru...

'yeah brudda, they just been here..' oh, with a hilux..? 'nah mate..'

i was none the wiser..

and headed on out of town a different way..

onward and onward...

ended up on the bitumen again...although i wasnt sure how long for...!

i was now 'overdue' for my 20k service...

i'd been thinging a bit about that the last few days... that i'd be well over by time i looped back to Adelaide...

anyway, a lookout..

the road i was travelling..

5:15pm... looked like i'd be in Leonora tonight...yay, wouldnt mind a few things (beer, hot water, steak..!)

so i made Leonora... rode around a little bit..

place wasnt tickling my fancy all that much...

i rolled up to the servo to have a look at my maps and see what options i had...

and then i heard bikes...

i looked up to see the South African mob rolling in...

what the..? how did they leave 5 hours before me and get here an hour after me...without even seeing each other..?

turns out the took a detour a few kms to the south from Laverton..

so 2 of us headed of to check out the campground/caravan park... hmmm didnt seem that welcoming, and no-one around the office..

i decided to head off south towards Kalgoorlie, they were heading more west, noth west for the WA coast then down to perth..

so we said out goodbyes and i was GoneAgain south down the bitumen..

I did the 100kms down to Menzies, but was pretty knackerd... and i hadnt really seen much in the way of spots to camp...the road mostly had fences along it too..

there was a few lakes and possible camp grounds closer to KAlgoorlie (another 130kms..)

but it was late, i figured i'd have a quick beer, another map look, and then get some take-aways and head on..

sigh... i had a beer, looked at the map, had another beer, then another one, then paid for a donga out the back, had another beer, moved bike to the compound out the back, had another beer,
some tea, some more beer, a hot shower and was out..

next morning was a fuel up at the '24hr, card only fuel place...

the pub...

the main street..

so last night i'd decided that since bike was overdue for a service.... and Perth was a lot closer than Adelaide...

that i should head for Perth..

It was Tuesday morning, i called BMW in Perth..and was able to book in for a service on Thursday...

That gave me 2 days to get to Perth... it was about 730kms by bitumen...perfect!.. so i turned right (west) and out into the dirt..

i figured, about 160kms west to Evanston, then south to Bullfinch, then backroads to perth.. with a night camped out 'somewhere'..


there was a lot of 'new' tracks in here, from mining exploration, that made navigating 'interesting..

oh and so the odd truck to pull over for...

took a detour into 'some rock' for a break...

fair place to camp too... but was a bit early for that..

anyway, i toddled on, past dry lakes..

over cattle grids..

past more usefull road signs..

one of my favorite signs....

but yeah... you can see how it would be 'interesting' in the wet..

and then you have to cross a 'highway'....

in the midle of no-where...

was tempted to go for a run down it, but it was pretty clear from signage that it wasnt perhaps the best idea..

and fuel was getting down..

amazing the money mining companies have to spend on 'their' roads..

oh well, 'my' road had its good bits...

more lakes and cattle grids..

thru the dog fence...

more lakes (with more good camping)

and then hit the bitumen........

i rolled into Bullfinch (which had moved!)
interesting place.. not much there but they moved the town so you come in thru a kind of graveyard of front gates
and paths with no houses before hitting the 'real town'

no fuel... no drama, i still had a 5 littre jerry..

i decided to push on for Mukinbudin..

i hit the bitumen and pulled the trigger...

my fuel light came on...

i had about 80km to go... and i normally get about 80km on reserve...

i coulda slowed down... but didnt...

i hit the 'Welcome to Mukinbudin' sign and the bike cut out...

i pulled the clutch and rolled in, hoping to roll into a servo... didnt see one and stopped here in the
main street outside a fish n chip shop...

no choice but to untie everything and fill up from the jerry... which didnt really bother as
i was on bitumen tomorrow into Perth

I'd done 424kms on that 16.1 litre tank of fuel...! a record (for me anyway!)

so after tiping the jerry into the bike, i road around town, and pulled up at the pub..

walked in and asked if the had any rooms for the night...

'we have a couple of motel units out the side with their own bathrooms...' came the reply... gawd a unit, with batchroom,
that'll be too pricey i thought to myself before asking how much..

"$40 bucks" came the reply...

"I'll have a beer, a room and the dinner menu thanks!"

40 bucks!

goin back there again!

main street, pub, next morning...

so from here it was bitumen back country roads all the way into Perth..

i was running a little early and so called BMW to see if i could drop my bike of tonight instead of in the
morning (wouldnt have to worry about overnight parking that way)

no worries..

i rode into Fremantle and checked into a backpackers, unloaded my gear and rode over to BMW and dropped of the bike with some 'new' friends..

and taxi'd back to Freo..

the next day was raining, so when i got the call about lunchtime that bike was ready, i asked if i could leave it there till tomorrow... no worries..

spent the day moseying around Fremantle..

looking at all sorts of stuff..

even Iranian paper cuttings...

and the night lookin at ferris wheels..

and drinking beer at the Little Creatures Brewery


and walkin around the wharf..


next day was still raining but it was supposed to be clearing the day after that...

called BMW again... hey um, its still raining... clearing tomorrow, ok to stay another day..? "no worries!"

so saturday came around and i taxi'd over to BMW to pick up the old girl,

i wasnt looking forward to the few thousand highway kilometres home across the nullarbor..

it was day 28 of a 10 day trip....

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